Equality and diversity
Black Lives Matter: Our statement
We oppose racial discrimination in any form and recognise the burden that systemic racism places on Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic students and staff. We strive to be an open, fair, and egalitarian School that acknowledges and supports diversity in all aspects of life, while realising there is a lot more work for us to do.
We also recognise that Earth Sciences as a field suffers from a lack of diversity. Therefore, we are actively reviewing our practices and established structures to ensure that we are anti-racist and able to foster a diverse and inclusive community. We are committed to improving equality and diversity within our School and will soon publish an action plan to identify and eliminate biases with the ultimate aim of liberation and parity for all.
See more information about the University’s Action Plan for Equality and Diversity.
The School of Earth and Environmental Sciences actively supports equality, diversity, and fairness. The School aims to create an inclusive professional environment, enabling all staff and students to reach their full potential. It operates under the University’s Equality and Diversity Inclusion Policy and continually reviews School policies in consultation with members of staff at all stages of their career. The School is against any kind of discrimination and harassment on any basis, including but not limited to gender, race, ethnicity, religion, and sexual orientation.
If you need to report or discuss any equality or diversity-related issues, please get in touch with one of the following:
- the School’s Equality and Diversity Officer, Dr Anouk Borst (email@example.com)
- the Head of School, Prof Richard White (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- any other member of the School’s Equality and Diversity Committee (email@example.com).
If you have suggestions for the School’s action plan, please contact one of the committee members, or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Report and support
The Report and Support tool is available to report any concerns you have related to wellbeing, bullying, discrimination, abuse, assault or harassment of any sort. You can report anonymously or using your contact details. If you provide your contact details, a member of staff will be able to contact you to help provide support. This tool can be used by students, members of staff, members of the public or visitors to the University.
The Mediation Service is available to students, staff and members of the public, experiencing disagreement or conflict, who would prefer a less formal method of discussing University-related disagreements and grievances. The service is also available for groups or teams.
The Mediators are staff members from The University of St Andrews who have undertaken formal mediation training accredited by Scottish Mediation. Several Post Graduate students have also qualified in Mediation. Mediators act impartially and separately from University Schools and Services. They are solely interested in helping those engaged in the service reach a mutually acceptable solution.
Mediation is a confidential, informal, voluntary, self-determined and without prejudice process. If you or someone you know is involved in a disagreement that is in its early stages or has reached an impasse, please contact email@example.com for an informal chat about how the mediators can help.
Athena SWAN started with the Athena Project and the Scientific Women’s Academic Network (SWAN) advancing representation of women in science, technology, engineering, mathematics and medicine (STEMM) in higher education. It was expanded to include arts, humanities, social sciences, business and law (AHSSBL) and now also covers professional and support staff as well as trans staff and students. Levels of the award are bronze, silver and gold.